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The Silence Is Deafening! July 1, 2009

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 As the Iranian authorities warned the opposition on Tuesday that they would tolerate no further protests over the disputed June 12 presidential elections, a report emerged of the hangings of six supporters of defeated candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi.   

Unfortunately they are apparently on their own.

Still nothing regarding the protests in Iran.  As much as we try and espouse democracy when given the chance we (the POTUS) says nothing.  I know, some say “what do you think we should do, go to war?” or some other non-sense.  No, how about something like this…

The recent events and senseless killings of these protesters are part and parcel to an internal conflict that has been brought on by a stifling regime.  The people have spoken out and we as freedom loving Americans stand with you in your moment of need.  The rhetoric of the “U.S.” meddling in your election is false propaganda and should be considered nothing more than that.  We urge you and the theocracy that rules Iran to look into the election process that has so many of your citizens outraged to the point of demonstration to come to a reasonable solution for all parties involved.

I could go on, but at least something would be said for the people that are trying to gain some semblance of a democracy in an area almost completely devoid of it.  As much work and loss of lives (American Soldiers fighting for democracy in the Middle East) that has gone on for the past decade, you would think that this is a great time to side with these people instead of ignoring it.  It would look as if someone does not what the mullah’s mad at them.

The reaction to events in Iran has shown once again the double standards and hypocrisy of those in Europe and the West who jump at the slightest opportunity to protest Israel but remain stoic in the face of events in Iran.

While many have compared the outpouring of anger in Iran to what presaged the 1979 revolution, there is one key difference; this time around, no Western students care. Before the shah fell from power, he often visited the capitals of major European and North American cities. Every time he did, tens of thousands of progressive students and human-rights activists poured out onto the streets calling him a fascist and protesting his visit.

In one such protest on June 2, 1967 a German student, Benno Ohnesorg, was even killed.

But now there is no such outpouring of emotion. Neither is there any interest from the UN or from Jimmy Carter.

YET IN January, when Israel was embroiled in a war with Hamas, the anger directed at her in Europe was apoplectic. When Israel fought a war against Hizbullah in 2006, Western students even proudly wore the symbol of Hizbullah, a clenched fist holding an AK-47.

So where were the Western students to hold aloft the green armbands of Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi?

Why will Western students who call themselves progressives wear green for Hamas and Hizbullah – terrorist organizations that murder civilians – and not for Iranian dissidents?

Why have CNN and other major media been so coy when it comes to covering the outrages perpetrated by the regime in Iran?

Describing the deaths of protesters, CNN never once, in the coverage I watched, mentioned who had killed them. It simply said they were “shot.” But when Iranian dissidents in Washington were interviewed with “death to the dictator” placards, the CNN reporter challenged them, demanding to know if they were calling for “murder.”

Murder? The only murder that has taken place so far is the murder of Iranian protesters.

Amid the talk of despair and quashed protests, one defiant reformist supporter told this reporter: “The regime wants the world to think they have won. Don’t believe it… Even if this regime is about to collapse, they would not let anybody know until their final hour.”  

More of this story here:

On the other hand, we have made a strong rebuke of the events that happened recently in Honduras.  It would seem the military and it’s people did not what thier communist dictator and ally of Chavez in power anymore and staged a coup.  This was done in an attempt to change from a communist leader to a more democratic society.  And what do we (the POTUS) do?  We condemn them for this and tell them we will not stand for it and to put them back in power!

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) – Honduras faced growing pressure to reinstate ousted President Manuel Zelaya on Wednesday after the Organization of American States set a 72-hour deadline to reinstate him and reverse an army coup.

The ouster of Zelaya — forced out over his push to extend presidential terms beyond a single four-year term — has been condemned by leaders from U.S. President Barack Obamato Zelaya’s left-wing allies in Latin Americaand posed a test for both regional diplomacy and Obama’s ability to improve the battered U.S. standing in Latin America.

The OAS resolution, agreed early on Wednesday in an emergency session at its Washington headquarters, demanded the “immediate, safe, and unconditional return of the president to his constitutional functions.”

Since coming to power in 2006, Zelaya has become a divisive figure in Honduras, an impoverished coffee, textile and banana-exporter of 7 million people, especially after he allied himself with firebrand socialist and fierce U.S. foe Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

So, what does this say about us?  Extreme Islam is good and fighting against tyranny is bad?  Why is it more important to save the socialists/communists in South America but not to say, again, I said say something to what is happening in a part of the world were we (American Soldiers) are dieing to promote democracy?  Please, someone explain this.


Iran’s Ambassador To Mexico Blaming CIA For Neda’s Murder In Iran June 26, 2009

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Some serious allegations are being heard from high ranking officials from Iran.  Among them is Mohammad Hassan Ghadiri the Ambassador of Iran to Mexico.  Here is part of the interview:

MOHAMMAD HASSAN GHADIRI, IRANIAN AMBASSADOR TO MEXICO: I prefer to answer this in Persian.Neda Agha Soltan

BLITZER: Go ahead.

GHADIRI (through interpreter): This death of Ms. Nada is very suspicious. She was shot from behind. The location was where there was not much demonstration, there was no police presence and the gun that shot and killed her was a smuggled gun. It was not a government-issued gun.

BLITZER: There have been others, though, that have been killed, as well.

GHADIRI (through interpreter): In our view, this would be the work of those who wanted to put more fuel to the flame against the government.

My question is that how is that this Nada was shot from behind and several cameras take that. And this is done in an area where there was no important demonstration. If the CIA wants to kill some people and attribute that to the elements of the government, and then choosing a girl would be something good for them because it would have much higher impact.

Therefore, we believe and we are looking into this to find who the elements were who did this.

BLITZER: Are you seriously accusing the CIA of killing Neda?

GHADIRI (through interpreter): We say that the bullet that was found in her head was not a bullet that you could find in Iran.

Keep in mind (if you saw the video) that she was shot in the chest from the front.

These are the bullets that the CIA and terrorist groups use. Of course they warned that there would be a bloodshed in these demonstrations and then they could attribute that to the Islamic Republic. This is part of a common act of CIA in various countries.

BLITZER: Do you really believe that, Mr. Ambassador?

You’re a distinguished diplomat representing Iran. This is a very serious accusation that you’re making, that the CIA was responsible for killing this beautiful, young woman.

GHADIRI (through interpreter): I’m not saying that the CIA had done this. There are different groups. Could be intelligence services, could be CIA, could be the terrorists.

BLITZER: Mr. Ambassador, why won’t your government allow people to go mourn at a memorial service for Nada, as her family has requested?

GHADIRI (through interpreter): We have no problem with mournings. Naturally we don’t want to provide an opportunity for the rioters to come in and make the situation worse.

Read more of the interview here.

The last part I have a hard time with after Senior Iranian cleric Ahmad Khatami (no relation to Mohammad Khatami, who visited the U.S. in September 2006) demanded today that the leaders of election protests be executed.

Ahmad Khatami, a member of the powerful Assembly of Experts, said the judiciary should charge leading “rioters” as “mohareb” or one who wages war against God.

“I want the judiciary to … punish leading rioters firmly and without showing any mercy to teach everyone a lesson,” Khatami told worshippers at Tehran University on Friday.

“They should be punished ruthlessly and savagely,” he said. UnderIran’s Islamic law, punishment for people convicted as “mohareb” is execution.

Some people (a very small minority) have said that waiting to respond to these situations is a good thing.  Do you think that waiting for them to execute a few before we say anything regarding these statements is the correct course of action?  Is that a “it’s there problem not ours” attitude?

Well I know some of you think that a reply should not be done in haste lest it be sabre rattling.  So the logical approach to this would be…? I know, an apology from the POTUS for the assassination of Neda and the 20+ others by the CIA?  Or, how about we wait a couple of weeks and hope it goes away and nobody notices?  The world is watching, let’s not do anything hasty right?  After all, when someone is accused of something even something as outrageous as this and is silent what does that imply?  We don’t want to add fuel to the fire right?

If we remain silent regarding this issues what will the world think?  Silence is a virtue correct?  Well,  I for one don’t think we should remain silent, we (the U.S.) have been accused of some serious charges.  We constantly espouse the virtues of democracy and the vitriol that goes with it and when we get a chance to help out a nation crying for change  (YOU) think we should not say anything too hastily.  If you are of the group that says that we should not rush into a response then you should stop any kind of effort to spreading democracy around the world because when there is a chance to have an impact or make a change [YOU] would wish to remain silent.  You, my friend, are an idiot and hypocrite.

Hat tip to:  Little Green Footballs and The Los Angeles Times